Think back to the summers of your childhood. Remember sunny hours just waiting to be filled with fun? No plans, just possibilities! Long school-less days probably included splashing in a pool, lake, or ocean, bike rides, adventuring, and exploring. There was time to daydream, time to try something new, time to simply be in the present and to be a kid. The days seemed endless and you wished summer would last forever. An old-fashioned, authentic, imagination and activity-based summer still defines the season in Sun Valley for children. With about 15 hours of sunlight during the high season, there is nothing but time to take advantage of all the ingredients...
Part of what makes a Sun Valley summer so enchanting is that it is filled with music. No matter what your taste, one of the many concerts scheduled this summer, or all of them, will get your feet tapping and your heart soaring. From concerts under the sail of the Sun Valley Pavilion, to the grassy hills at River Run, or the perennially popular Sun Valley Summer Symphony, mark your calendars and get your tickets now so you don’t miss a moment. If you haven’t felt the warm breeze on your skin and enjoyed the sight of the setting summer sun as stars begin to peek out, you haven’t enjoyed one of the most special parts of the wonderful season to come.
For the 2016 summer season, Sun Valley has announced three different shows at the soaring Sun Valley Pavilion on the Lodge lawn. The first chords sound on Tuesday, June 28, from 7 (doors open at 7, music starts at 8) to 10 p.m. when Collin Raye takes to the stage. Raye is a well-known country hit maker who was especially prolific in the 1990s. He continues to write and sing soulful, heartfelt vocals and is sure to get the crowd on its feet. With 24 top ten records, 16 No. 1 hits, and 10 nominations as male vocalist of the year (5 CMA and 5 ACM), Raye is an electrifying performer.
The one-and-only Collin Raye kicks off the Sun Valley summer concert season on June 28
Then, as part of the exciting Independence Day weekend (think star-studded ice shows, fireworks and much more), The Midtown Men will storm Sun Valley. Again, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pavilion, this show reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway's huge hit, Jersey Boys. The cast brings some of the best-loved music, combined with amazing choreography, to the valley. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this unique concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 60s. This promises to be an amazing show and you are sure to know every song.
Then, on Tuesday, August 30, at 7 p.m., the incomparable couple Vince Gill and Amy Grant grace the Pavilion Stage. Sinclair Oil and the Sun Valley Resort are extremely proud to welcome this world-class duo. Gill is one of the most popular singers and songwriters in country music. In addition, he is pretty mean on the guitar and when he adds his soaring tenor, the crowd will see what all the fuss is about. Amy Grant was the original fresh-faced teen out of Nashville bringing Christian music to the forefront of American culture. As her career evolved, she created and performed one hit after another, morphing genres and capturing a widespread audience. This evening of great music promises performances from many musical genres including country, folk, gospel, western swing, and pop. It’s a can’t-miss.
From Broadway to the Wood River Valley: The Midtown Men will make Independence Day weekend even more entertaining
To wrap up an amazing summer, on Friday, September 2, the Sun Valley Opera presents Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn at the Pavilion from 6:30 to 9 p.m. O’Hara is the 2015 Tony Award Winner (The King and I) and Nathan Gunn is an opera sensation. Together, they will entertain with ‘Salute Broadway Under the Stars,’ accompanied by the American Festival Orchestra. Craig Jessop conducts. Special event tickets can be purchased from Sun Valley Opera at 208-726-0991 or at www.sunvalleyopera.com and include dinner with Kelli and Nathan at a private cocktail party September 1. Premier seating at the concert is also included.
Tickets for all Sun Valley concerts are available HERE. For more information, please call 208-622-2135.
Another popular venue for music under the stars is the lawn at River Run at Baldy. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA) that supports many local art programs will sponsor three terrific concerts this summer. First, on Friday, July 29, the incomparable Mavis Staples & the James Hunter Six will rock the crowd. “Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road,” according to the SVCA. Joining her will be Englishman James Hunter who The New Yorker described as “rooted in American soul music without being bound to it.”
Music’s favorite couple, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, will grace the stage at the Sun Valley Pavilion for a very special concert
On Monday, August 8, the legendary Emmylou Harris will take center stage at River Run and is sure to deliver a memorable performance. This 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient is also a Country Hall of Fame inductee. She has had a remarkable career and is sure to be a crowd favorite. She is joined by special guest Ian Janco.
Then, on Wednesday, August 17, Lake Street Dive & Gregory Alan Isakov will perform at River Run from 7 to 9 p.m. This four-member ensemble was founded in 2004 and now tours nationally and internationally in support of their four studio albums and wildly popular YouTube videos. Critics say it’s like “Motown meets the Brill Building in jazzy, soulful, woulda-been Sixties chart toppers,” according to the SVSA. Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter bringing some of his most popular songs including “The Stable Song,” “Big Black Car,” and “Raising Cain” to the Sun Valley audience.
Come early and bring your low back chairs to enjoy a wonderful evening outside. Sun Valley offers food and beverage choices and it’s always a huge party for both locals and visitors. For tickets and more information, please visit The Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
If your tastes run to the classical, sometimes straight up, sometimes with a modern twist, then be sure to put the Sun Valley Summer Symphony on your to-do list. Led by Music Director Alasdair Neale, the symphony is a must-do summer activity. Arrive early for a spot under the Pavilion sail or find a seat on the lawn to picnic and socialize before enjoying music from some of the country’s top musicians … it’s all good. And this year’s Gala headliner is Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth on August 7. For more information and to buy tickets for the gala, please click HERE.
Sun Valley Summer Symphony concerts are a highlight of the warm weather season and this year, the schedule is sure to impress
The sounds of live music rebounding off the hills in Sun Valley are the soundtrack to the summer. Now is the time to purchase tickets for the upcoming concerts before they sell out. The experience, whether inside the Pavilion, on the Pavilion lawn, or at River Run should not be missed.
Let the music play!
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